103 km / 64 miles
The Serpent Trail is designed to highlight some of the finest heathland and woodland landscapes in the South East and follows a rough “S” shape along the hills of the Sussex Greensand - snaking between Haslemere, Petworth, Midhurst and Petersfield in a habitat of snakes.
It is part of the Sussex Wealden Greensand Heaths Project (SWGHP), restoring heathland in West Sussex, more than 80% of which has been lost in the last 200 years to forestry, agriculture and development but more recently lack of management. The project restores lost heathland whilst conserving existing areas. SWGHP has had a £630,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and its partners are Sussex Downs Conservation Board (SDCB), the National Trust, DEFRA, English Nature and West Sussex County Council.
Continuing the greensand theme, the Geeensand Way provides a 108-mile route from the start at Haslemere, east across greensand ridges almost as far as the Kent coast.
Picture shows Chris Packham opening the Serpent Trail in 2005.
|Path Type:||Other Paths|
|Waymark:||White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name|
SU905331 - Haslemere High Street , Surrey ( near station)
SU754226 - Petersfield Heath, Petersfield, Hants
|Open Date:||5 April 2005|
|Web Sites:||Surrey Wildlife Trust|
|South Downs Online|
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
|Booklet:||Serpent Trail: Official Guide (Sussex Downs Joint Commitee Northern Area Office - 2007)|
|Leaflet:||Serpent Trail (Petersfield TIC)|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:|
|OS Landranger:||186, 197|
|OS Explorer:||120, 121, 133, 134|
|OS Explorer Active:||120, 121, 133, 134|
Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:
|Hostel Accommodation:||Hindhead YHA, Devil's Punchbowl,Thursley, Godalming||4 Km|
|Paths Marked on OS mapping:||Greensand Way; Hangers Way; Sussex Border Path|
|Other Paths:||Four Stations Way; Goring to Goring; Midhurst Way; Nelson Way; Shipwrights Way; Walking the Castles of Sussex; West Sussex Literary Trail
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|GPS Exchange Format Route File:||Serpent Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File||Login to Download
|MemoryMap Route file:||Serpent Trail Memory Map Route File||Login to Download
|Tracklogs Route file:||Serpent Trail Tracklogs Route file||Login to Download
|100.4 Km (62.4 miles)
1,796 m (5,892 ft) ascent
283 m (928 ft) maximum height